Don’t Compare Yourself with Others!Sue Afutu
I recently read an inspiring story about a man who during his childhood was an attendant at a public toilet at Bantama, a suburb of Kumasi in Ghana. This man by the assistance God brought to him in diverse ways was able to complete his basic education, secondary education, obtain a bachelor’s degree from the University in Geomatic Engineering and obtained a double Masters of Science Degree from two different universities. He subsequently obtained a PhD and at the age of 38, he is already a professor and Dean at the University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa (Ghana).
As I reflected on his story I was happy for him and awed at what God had wrought. Being a relatively young academician myself, my thoughts turned to myself and I started to compare my journey with his, to benchmark my progress with his and to wonder if I could arrive at the same destination in the record time in which he has. Thankfully, I immediately reprimanded myself.
I remembered that everything that had happened in my life was equally needful and meaningful for the destination God had for me. Nothing had delayed and everything was on course. What is more, God is working out His purposes in my life, to bring me to an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11).
It’s easy to compare ourselves with others and think we are behind in one regard or another. (If the delay has not been caused by your own laziness, you need not worry). Reprimand yourself when you are tempted to compare yourself with others. God created us for different purposes and has different destinations in mind for each one of us. What’s more, the events we experience on life’s journey can be used to relate with others and encourage them that God is going to bring them through as well.
When upon life’s billows you are tempted tossed
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost
Count your many blessings, money cannot buy
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
Johnson Oatman Jr.